Playing aggressive key to Ginebra’s success, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter starts, sets tone for Gin Kings in Game 5 win MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Hunger has been a word constantly thrown through the course of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with both sides repeatedly saying that whoever wants the game more will win the plum.LA Tenorio has no doubt that Ginebra was the hungrier team on Sunday as it came out like a house on fire and hounded Meralco in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT “We started really aggressive. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, it’s automatic that we’ll get the win,” Tenorio said.With Tenorio steering the ship, the Gin Kings took control early before holding off the Bolts in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe veteran playmaker got the job done on offense, orchestrating the flow for Ginebra with 17 points and four assists, while also doing his job on defense as he bullied the Meralco guards to also finish with six rebounds and three steals.Tenorio’s stellar showing, though, didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tim Cone, who asked him to play extended minutes with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury in Game 4. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But the heavy minutes are the least of his concerns with the Kings only a win away from repeating as Governors’ Cup champions.“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of my extended minutes. But I don’t care. This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I’m ready. I told him even in next game, we don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes,” he said.“Hopefully next game, we can bring this aggressiveness. But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game. For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series,” he said.“We know what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.”Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Gary David ‘honored’ to play for hometown Bataan in MPBL

first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. LeongsonGary David is going back to his roots.He has proudly represented represented his province of Bataan since joining the big league, but this time, the 39-year-old is returning as member of Bataan Defenders in the upcoming Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES “This will be my first time to play in front of my home crowd since I turned pro,” said David.David also sees this MPBL stint as his last hurrah as a basketball player, slowly accepting his fate in his ongoing battle with Father Time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It seems that way, but as long as I feel that I can still play, I’ll play. I’ll always try to help our place get those wins. It’s my own way of giving back to my fellow Bataan people. It’s an honor to team up with people who also came from Bataan and I’m really glad with this experience,” said the Dinalupihan native.David knows how some of his teammates feel starstruck around him and he is using the opportunity toto impart whatever knowledge he gained in the PBA and his international career to his Bataan teammates. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:00House honors Rodolfo Albano Jr , a veteran lawmaker, mentor and family man01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “When I attend our practices, they can’t help but take a picture with me. But I tell them that we’re together everyday in our practices and they can see how hands-on I am with them. I am willing to teach them what I know and give them advice if they need it,” he said.David also likened this run with Bataan to that of Gilas Pilipinas as he compared the sense of pride of the players in defending their respective home turfs.“This is more about pride. Here, we don’t talk about how big your salary is. What we’re fighting here is the pride that you carry the name of your hometown. You want to be at your best every single time and we want to proudly represent the people of Bataan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wiggins carries Timberwolves to 126-118 win over Clippers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

La Salle outlasts FEU in five; surprising Adamson downs UP

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s championship poise again came in full show. —AUGUST DELA CRUZLa Salle coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like how his Lady Spikers let the game almost slip.But then again, De Jesus thought it might be the kind of match the defending champions needed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.“It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Adamson coach Air Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”With the Lady Falcons up two sets to none and holding a 23-18 lead in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.Carlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor.Adamson had eight service aces in the first set alone. After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the Lady Spikers turned up the heat and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.La Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.La Salle already had a 24-22 advantage in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU. But Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.Adamson, though, wasted no time and stunned University of the Philippines, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Awaiting Pacquiao’s ring return La Salle survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, to streak to its third straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets, we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”The Lady Spikers, who tied National University on top at 3-0, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss after an opening-day win. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report

first_imgTanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight Despite recently falling short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the 25-year-old Duke product was seemingly in good terms with the team and its management, particularly with superstar LeBron James.However, ESPN recently reported several reasons why Irving reportedly wanted to be shipped out of the franchise he has called his home for the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHigh on the list was his supposed inclusion in potential trade talks involving this season’s prized free agents Jimmy Butler and Paul George.“What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George,” the sports news outlet said. “Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, [former Cleveland GM David] Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Butler, of course, went on to join his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, while Hayward elected to sign with Boston Celtics.ESPN’s trio of journalists—Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst—also suggested that Irving was fed up with playing second fiddle to the league’s premier superstar, James.They cited James’ tendency to play point guard and dominate the ball, leaving Irving’s ball handling and play-making skills underutilized.Despite his supposed unhappiness with his role, Irving averaged a career best of 25.9 points this season and led his team in total shot attempts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFPNews of Kyrie Irving wanting out of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has certainly caught NBA fans off guard over the weekend.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Rio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Save for minor cosmetic changes, a city fractured by mountains and searing inequality remains as it was. Violent crime mostly concealed during the Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest economic downturn in 100 years and unpaid policemen leaving in droves. Brazil’s military has been called in to quell Rio’s untethered violence.Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.The games took place mostly in the south and west of the city, which remains white and wealthy. The rest is still a hodgepodge of dilapidated factories and hillside slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of raw sewage.Brazil says it spent $13 billion in public and private money to organize the Olympics — some estimates suggest $20 billion — and many games-related projects since then have been tied to corruption scandals that marred the games and drove up costs. Federal police and prosecutors have linked overpriced projects to graft between politicians and construction companies.A look at the fallout since the Olympics opened on Aug. 5:ADVERTISEMENT Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, was defeated earlier this year in an election to lead the Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record leading the Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “People have no dignity using public transportation in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.THE BADIn this July 16, 2017 photo, an empty parking lot is seen in front of the Athlete’s Village, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3,600 apartments remain unoccupied. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left a half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park and 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a major complex of venues in the impoverished north, is shuttered behind iron gates.Standing across the street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from the Olympics.“I don’t think so, not us in Brazil,” he said.A $20 million golf course is struggling to find players and financing.A few dozen were on the course on a recent, sunny Saturday. The clubhouse is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.File – In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park, and 3,600 empty apartments in the vast, boarded-up Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say Rio needs time to develop these venues, and faults Brazil’s deep recession for most of the problems.A prosecutor several months ago disputed this, saying the Olympic Park “lacked planning how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as part of real estate deals that have yet to pan out.Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives across from the park, called the space “an excellent legacy” but said “few people use it.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Here we see all this money spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see most of the arenas are closed. So I think it could have been used in a better way.”The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and nothing much to do except gawk at deserted arenas. City hall officials and the federal government say they’re planning an event for Aug. 5 to “fill all the arenas” for the day.THE UGLYIn this July 27, 2017 photo, trash lays on the coast of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events.Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, its unwelcome stench often drifting along the highway from the international airport.“I think it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal sailor Kahena Kunze said in a recent interview. “There was always floating trash, but I see more and more. It’s no use hiding the trash because it comes back. I figured it would get worse because I haven’t seen anything concrete being done.”Avenida Brasil, the main north-south artery through the city, is a snarl of unfinished roads and express bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours through miles (kilometers) of traffic cones.In this July 27, 2017 photo, children play with a foam board in the polluted Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Some of the politicians behind the Olympics have been accused of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded the games, was convicted last month on corruption charges and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term. He is appealing.Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , the local moving force behind the Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games. He denies wrongdoing.Another early booster, former Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail on corruption charges. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s Neymar kisses the ball before scoring the decisive penalty kick during the final match of the mens’s Olympic football tournament at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio de Janeiro reels from corruption, rising crime and unfinished infrastructure, its residents can look no further than the iconic image of Neymar to remind them of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that took place one year ago and the price they payed for hosting the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ THE GOODIn this July 17, 2017 photo, a commuter waits for the next car at the Jardim Oceanico subway station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service, and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians, and safe street life in city rife with crime. These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians and safe street life in a city rife with crime.These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent.Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela — or shanytown — and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. The area in his youth was known for decay and drunkenness.In this July 16, 2017 photo, Igor Silverio poses for a photo at Praca Maua in the renovated port area, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the Olympic Games the area was known for decay and drunkenness. Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela, or shanytown, and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. “For sure it’s better,” he said. But he added he “expected more from the Olympics.” (AP Photo/Renata Brito)“For sure it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected more from the Olympics.”“From my point of view, the Olympics only benefited the foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The security situation isn’t good, the hospitals. I think these are investments that didn’t benefit many local people.”He said he skipped the Olympics because they were “too expensive” and located far away in the suburbs.Standing outside the new subway line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa Trajano Fernandes said public transportation had improved but was still deficient.“When the Olympics were going on it was better, but then they let it slide,” she said.She complained about crowding on the new express buses and the lack of security. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta said recently while cycling in the deserted Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”Other memories have faded at home since the Olympics opened a year ago. A few expectations were met, but many fell short of those promised by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBach boasted at the closing ceremony of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.”Nuzman called Rio the next Barcelona, one of the cities clearly transformed by the games. 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Warne, Modi predicted India-Eng tie

first_imgA tie between India and England in a high scoring match on Sunday might have been an unbelievable result, but two men closely related to the game had predicted it even before the match began. Before the match, former Aussie legend Shane Warne tweeted on the micro blogging site: “Looking forward to the game between India and England today, it should be a cracker. My prediction a tie!” Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi tweeted that he had predicted a tie before the game. And now clearly believes that 2011 was his year. “Can’t believe my prediction 7/8 hours ago was right – tie!! Classic, didn’t think it would happen but hey-not bad!!!! 2011-my year! Lol,” Modi tweeted. He also tweeted on Warne’s prediction: “My good friend Shane Warne should become Paul the Octopus.” Incidentally, Warne has led Rajasthan Royals — the team in which Modi is accused to have stakes — in all seasons of the IPL.last_img read more

India Today’s letters to the editor of february about phone-tapping controversy

first_imgAmar Singh tackles the phone-tapping controversyTalking TroubleBy making the “phone battle” a national issue, Samajwadi Party (SP) General Secretary Amar Singh has blocked any possibility of leakage of the taped conversation that could have embarrassed him (“The Phone Battle”, January 23). However, politically he has not gained much. The mutual,Amar Singh tackles the phone-tapping controversyTalking TroubleBy making the “phone battle” a national issue, Samajwadi Party (SP) General Secretary Amar Singh has blocked any possibility of leakage of the taped conversation that could have embarrassed him (“The Phone Battle”, January 23). However, politically he has not gained much. The mutual abuse of the SP and the Congress could only help the BJP.A. JACOB SAHAYAM, Thiruvananthapuram”The way Amar Singh has treated the phone-tapping controversy shows that his aim is not to bring up the issue of surveillance but to settle political scores.”B.K. PARMAR, GhaziabadIs it a mere coincidence that immediately after Amar Singh’s brother joined the Congress and claimed to expose the SP leader’s activities, the allegations of phone tapping surfaced? The issue has also pushed aside a more serious matter of the Supreme Court notice to Mulayam Singh Yadav in a case of disproportionate assets. The protests by Amar Singh appear like tactics to garner public sympathy in Uttar Pradesh, where his party’s image has hit rock bottom.P.K. SRIVASTAVA, on e-mailAmar Singh has emerged as the real leader of the Opposition which is starved of issues with which to take on the Centre.NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiIt has become fashionable to accuse Sonia Gandhi of anything and everything, no matter what the problem the politicians and bureaucrats face. Since she was born in a foreign country these people with no values find an easy scapegoat in her.GREGORY D’SOUZA, HaridwarPolitical parties always exploit scandals to make it to the headlines. Amar Singh and his party have done the same.K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreadvertisementWrong ServeI want to clarify that I was never an employee of K.K. Birla, whereas, you have mentioned that I was a protocol officer (“The Phone Battle”, January 23).AMAR SINGH, National General Secretary, SP, DelhiAmusing TwistsWhere was Brinda Karat when pesticides were found in cold drinks (“Yogi in a Tangle”, January 23)? Such contents were not mentioned on the bottles of these beverages. Even mentioning “artificial colours and flavours” does not specify the exact nature of the contents. A number of medicines, toothpastes and ointments are gelatinebased. Is it not the duty of the manufacturers to mention that gelatine is derived from bones? Why should it be mandatory for only ayurvedic medicines to mention all the contents?RAJIV CHOPRA, DehradunIt is not correct to say that “the law does not require declaration of ingredients of a particular medicine if it is based on classical texts” recognised under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The Second Schedule of the Act requires “all medicines other than homeopathic” to have a list of all ingredients on the label or container. Medicines that contravene this requirement are deemed to be “misbranded drugs” and invite legal action. The only concession available to the ayurvedic, siddha and unani products is that if the ingredients are listed in the classical texts, then manufacturers need not obtain marketing approval from the Drugs Controller General.CHANDRA M. GULHATI, DelhiThe article is highly biased against the yogi. While yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar may have excellent knowledge of certain aspects of yoga, he seems to have none as far as pranayama is concerned.Y.N.I. ANAND, MysoreIyenger is a revered yoga guru for the Indian media because he has taught yoga abroad. Ramdev’s simple yoga steps are imparting health benefits to millions of Indians but this is not the criterion by which the Indian media in the English language judges anybody. Yoga and ayurveda are India’s ancient treasures and if someone is making the common man aware of their benefits, then his efforts should be appreciated. Politicians like Karat are free to raise the labour issue if there is a violation of the law but mixing it with the issue of vegetarianism only makes them a butt of joke.ARUN BALA, on e-mailRamdev has done injustice to not only vegetarians but also non-vegetarians. For who would like to eat the skull and bone powder of human beings? He should be punished.SNEHAL SHUKLA, AhmedabadKarat has displayed great courage by exposing Ramdev’s questionable acts. His claims of achieving cures for cancer, advanced arthritis and diabetes through yoga and ayurvedic medicines have not been scientifically evaluated.RAJU VAISHYA, DelhiThe controversy over ayurvedic medicines underscores the need for stringent regulation. Surveys reveal that adulteration of alternative medicines is rampant across India. Such practices bring the Indian businesses and philosophically rich medical systems into disrepute. A better regulatory framework will reward genuine practitioners and expose charlatans.ANIL KUMAR PANDIT, DelhiadvertisementThe Jehad FactoryRecruitment of the Hindus by the Hizb-ul Mujahideen in Kashmir on allurement of money exposes the falsity of the terrorists’ commitment to a cause (“Now Hindu Jehadis”, January 23). The picture is the same elsewhere too. The Maoists in Jehanabad and Giridih reportedly distributed pamphlets in Jharkhand and Bihar, inviting young people to join the “revolution” on a monthly stipend of Rs 2,000 and compensation of Rs 2 lakh in case of death.ASOKE C. BANERJEE, KolkataThe profession of terrorism has nothing to do with religion. It is exploitation of the youth. Governments in all states as well as at the Centre must provide counselling and employment to the boys who have taken up arms to bring them back into the mainstream.RAKESH BAHUGUNA, on e-mailFoot in MouthPutting his foot in his mouth is not new for Raj Singh Dungarpur, the manager of the Indian team (“Unsound Bite”, January 23). Raking up the issue of Sourav Ganguly’s performance at this stage does not serve any purpose. It will only demoralise the team. Dungarpur should be removed from the post. Discipline is not something to be enforced only among the players. It is applicable to our loud-mouthed sports officials also.V.V.S. MANI, MumbaiTest of MettleWest Bengal rather than Bihar will be the real challenge for Election Commission (EC) official K.J. Rao because in Bihar the people were with him (“For a Level Playing Field”, January 23). But West Bengal may not allow Rao to function smoothly with both the state Government and party cadres determined to resist any change.SUBHASH C. AGRAWAL, DelhiThe article says that I had requested the EC to remove state government employees from the election coordination committees. I had petitioned the commission to exclude only the employees belonging to the Coordination Committee of State Government Employees’ Unions and the “Non-Gazetted Police Karmachari Samiti” or to any of their affiliates.TATHAGATA ROY, President, BJP, West BengalOverseas Citizenship of India cards to NRIsFAMILY FOLDSGiving Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards to the NRIs is a way of reaching out to them (“Promises, Promises,” January 23). It will help them develop a stake in India.REKHA RAI, PatnaIt is a tragedy that the Government has decided to shower sops like voting rights and OCI cards on the NRIs. Investments in India by them have always been driven by interest rather than loyalty.THARCIUS S. FERNANDO, ChennaiIndia is finally treating the NRIs right by welcoming them. This will create a goodwill trust for it abroad.VIVEK RASTOGI, Shimlalast_img read more

IOC shortlists squash for 2020 Olympics

first_imgChances of squash’s inclusion in Olympic Games have brightened after the International Olympic Committee shortlisted it for the 2020 edition.The IOC’s Executive Board has listed baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash, wake-board and wushu for possible addition to the sports programme for the next Summer Olympics after Rio de Janeiro in 2016.The World Squash Federation (WSF) on Tyesday welcomed the news that squash has been included on the shortlist of sports to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Games.”We are delighted to be given this new opportunity to be considered for inclusion in the Olympic Sports Programme. I am confident that we will be able to show the IOC Programme Commission, the Executive Board and wider IOC membership that our case has become even stronger over recent years,” said WSF President N Ramachandran.”I truly believe that squash would be a great Olympic sport. It fulfills all the criteria for inclusion in the Games, has proven universality and growth and we have an absolute commitment from all our top athletes that an Olympic medal would be the pinnacle of their careers.”We also have high- profile world champions, exciting world championships for men and women, massive participation from juniors to masters on all continents and a healthy, thriving programme of youth development worldwide,”Ramachandran added.Squash was not included in the 2016 Olympic Games when WSF bid for it last time. Ramachandran exuded confidence that squash has all the required elements for a sport to get popular at world and the Olympic levels.advertisement”Squash has benefitted from some incredibly exciting technical innovations in recent years,including dramatic glass flooring, courts that can be sited in iconic settings such as the Pyramids and New York’s Grand Central Station. We are not a sport that stands still.”All this and the fact that squash is a wonderful example of one-on-one sporting gladiatorial competition, would make it a perfect addition to the Games. Our campaign starts with new energy and vigour and we will have an opportunity to take our message to the Olympic and sporting family over the next two years,” Ramachandran added.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Rustam-e-Hind looked out for India’s wrestlers

first_imgThursday was observed as a day of mourning at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium to pay tribute to the man who brought the sport of wrestling to the centrestage.A father-figure to wrestlers, Singh regularly visited dangals and was an inspiration for the youngsters.”I can vividly recall my first meeting with him right after the 1972 Olympics. I was so impressed. The way he had maintained his body was inspiring for youngsters like us,” Satpal Singh, who won the gold medal at the 1982 Asian Games, reminisced.Dara Singh was ecstatic when Sushil Kumar won bronze at the Beijing Olympics and gold at the World Championship. “He told Sushil that he should perform the same way in London and return with a medal,” Satpal said.Dara learnt the sport in the mud dangals of his village. He then turned to professional wrestling, emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the 50s and 60s.The legend of Singh grew as he fought over 500 professional bouts, all undefeated, and competed against established international wrestlers such as King Kong (Australia) and John Desilva (New Zealand). In 1954, he won the title of Rustam-E-Hind.Mumbai-based wrestling coach Jagmal Singh, remembers how Dara always made time for bouts. “Whether it was Maharashtra Kesri or other important bouts, he would readily agree to be the chief guest.”He even agreed to be the referee in the Bharat Kesri championship when Changdi Ram won the title in 1968 and later when Satpal took home the crown in 1976. “We hope the boys return with a medal from the Olympics. It will be a fitting tribute to him,” Satpal said.advertisementlast_img read more

NADA to ask London dope control team to test Indian athletes

first_imgIn order to avoid a repeat of Monika Devi doping scandal-like incident before the Olympics, the National Anti-Doping Agency has tested the urine samples of all the athletes except for a few who have been based abroad for training, its Director General said on Wednesday.NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said on Wednesday that all the Indian athletes, except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training, have undergone mandatory dope testing.He said those athletes who have been based in foreign countries for training for some time would be tested by the Olympic Doping Control Team when they checked in at the Games Village in London.”It’s mandatory that all the athletes will have to be tested three months prior to any mega event. That we have done for all the athletes except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training like Vikas Gowda and Om Prakash Karhana,” Chatterjee, who took charge recently, said.”The Doping Control Team under the London Games Organising Committee has the authority to do the dope testing.So we have requested the LOGOC to ask the doping control team to test the Indian athletes, who have not been tested by the NADA, when they checked in at the Games Village,” he said.”These are out-of-competition tests. They will also undergo the in-competition tests to be done by the doping control team during the Games,” he added.Gowda is based in the United States while Om Prakash has been training in Hungary for the last two years.advertisementWeightlifter Monika Devi was caught for doping just hours before she was to board the flight for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Her ‘B’ sample, which was tested in a Tokyo laboratory on the recommendations of T.S. Krishnamurthy Commission which probed into the doping scandal, had also returned positive for banned drugs.last_img read more

Sikhs to serve langar to commemorate Olympics in London

first_imgWhile Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old marathon runner, carries the Olympic relay torch in London on July 21, the Sikhs would celebrate the occasion by organising a langar (community kitchen) along the road for public. They would serve free Roti Rolls at several key points along the Olympic torch route from Greenwich to Waltham Forest between 7 am to 8 pm.Fauja, the oldest torch bearer at London 2012, would carry the Torch on the 64th day of the Olympic Torch Relay when it reaches Newham. The Olympic Stadium is also located at Newham.The langar would be organized by United Sikhs, an organization dedicated to promoting the Sikh identity and tenets. “We are proud to share with the public the 500 year old Sikh tradition of serving free meals,” said Parvinder Kaur, who would manage the langar project.She said the Sikhs from the UK and around the world would be participating in celebrations. They would show the world how the community embraced diversity.”We hope to demonstrate through Langar how the community involves in selfless service. We will be serving thousands of free vegetarian meals along the route,” she said, adding “It would also showcase how community food can bring people from all walks of life together.”Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, meanwhile said that he always believed in promoting the big society as a Sikh and as a Conservative. “I am looking forward to seeing Gurdwaras from all over the country come together to serve others in the name of faith and community.”advertisementThe people serving the langar would also be branded in yellow t-shirts carrying Fauja Singhs image. The langar would be served at several service points in each of the five boroughs, each serving at least 1,000 vegetarian roti rolls within two hours.Fifteen furdwaras from South and East London already granted their consent for participating in the event. The organisation also demonstrated how to prepare roti-rolls, an improvised version of cooked mixed veg filled in rotis made of whole wheat flour and plain flour. An executive chef already apprised the volunteers how to prepare roti rolls.United Sikh also invited gurdwaras from Scotland and Wales to partner with the London gurdwaras to set up more langar service points. The sources said several Sikh from India have also been planning to reach London to support the project.last_img read more

India holds significant market opportunities, says Jack Nicklaus

first_imgIt’s been seven years since the legendary Jack Nicklaus retired from professional golf, but he continues to contribute to the game through his design projects across the world-including India. With golf becoming a vital amenity for luxury communities worldwide, the legend continues to be associated with golf-related real estate through his company Nicklaus Design. In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest India Editor Himanshu Singhal, he talks about opportunities in the Indian golf real estate market, designs he would like to see in India, along with his perspective on Indian and international golfers and the state of the game.GDI: What do you think makes India an interesting golf course design destination for real estate developers and course designers like you? JN: Golf has been played in India for decades, but there has not been a great amount of play relative to the incredible population of the country. While cricket and soccer continue to be popular in India, golf has been a bit slow to catch on with the masses. With golf becoming an Olympic sport, combined with the population in India and a large middle class, there’s a real opportunity that exists to introduce and grow a game that really fits the demographics and also the collective talents of an athletic nation. The opportunity truly exists and it’s an exciting one. I think you’re going to see the game of golf grow in India because of golf’s inclusion as an Olympic sport. My hope is that this heightened global awareness will help promote the game.advertisementGDI: Have you ever followed any of the Indian pro golfers, playing outside India? Arjun Atwal & Jeev Milkha Singh have both been your guests at The Memorial.JN: I have met both Arjun and Jeev, but I don’t know a great deal about them. I do know they are both very good players and wonderful ambassadors for India, as well as the game of golf within India. As talented as they are, they are just two from the country and there are more people from India that play the game and could perhaps compete on the world stage. There will be more as time goes on, which will be healthy for the overall growth of the sport in India.GDI: As a player, did you ever hear about India from anyone?JN: Although I have not spent a great deal of time there, I have had the opportunity to visit India for golf course design work. It is a beautiful country, with such diversity in land. The people are kind and welcoming and have embraced us whenever we have visited.GDI: What is it about golf related real estate in India that excites you the most? What’s so unique about the Indian golf real estate market?JN: There is a certain lifestyle that surrounds the game of golf and I think that lifestyle appeals to many potential consumers in emerging markets such as India. I also think there is a greater understanding in these markets about the increased value associated with residential tied into golf. There is a growing market in India of aspirational, second-home buyers and golf-related real estate helps respond to that demand.GDI: What kind of projects would you like to associate yourself with, in India, and where?JN: I think I’d like to be able to design golf courses that display and reflect the beauty of the game of golf and layouts that highlight the beautiful land and destinations within the country. I would like to design courses that help introduce people to the game, attract them into the game and help the game retain its fans. I want to design golf courses that are enjoyable to play on a daily basis, but when needed, you can hide the pins on the right areas of the greens, move the tees back and have the ability to play a tournament on that same golf course. One of the challenges for a designer is to find that balance in design when you can create a beautiful golf course that people can enjoy on a daily basis, but one that can also be a tournament site. It can be a difficult thing to do, because you’ve got to make the design simple enough to encourage new people to learn the game as well. So it’s a combination, but it’s a goal we as a design firm try to meet, each time we are given the opportunity.GDI: Do you think you can contribute to the development of golf in India in any way? How would you like to go about it?advertisementJN:  We have been working hard to contribute to the development of golf in India. But like many emerging markets, India has its own challenges. It can be very difficult to acquire land and assemble people to put it together and commit to it. We’ve done a couple of projects in India but it’s been relatively slow. I can understand that because of the world economy and because of the lack of available land and water. Having said that, I have challenged everyone in our design firm to make certain that if someone comes to us with the desire to create a golf course, no matter how much land they have, we should do everything in our power to provide them a golf experience. Nowhere does it mandate that we have to create for the client an 18-hole golf course of championship length. The best thing we can do for India and the development of the game is to provide every interested owner or developer a ‘golf experience.’ This can be anything from 12 holes to nine to six to just three. It can be a golf academy or even a learning center that has practice holes and greens. The game of golf has always been controlled by how far a golf ball goes. But, I think it should be the other way round. We have a lot of people coming to us with 40-acres, 60-acres and 80-acres of land and an intent  to do a golf course. I think we owe it to the game of golf to introduce them to the game, retain them and design a course on that piece of property. We need to develop a golf ball to fit the property and not the other way round. If we can do that, the game of golf will grow in India and golf will be a far more affordable and accessible sport.GDI: Despite some good starts and tournament victories, Tiger Woods hasn’t been successful in finishing at the majors. How would you rate his game at the moment and where do you see him going? Do you think Tiger will ever be able to break your record of 18 majors?JN: I have said many times before that I believe Tiger will break my records, but he still has to do it. We are in the midst of an incredible streak as it relates to the majors and first-time winners. So what that emphasizes is not only how tough it is to win multiple major championships but the depth of young talent currently out there. Tiger needs to win four majors to tie me and five to break the record. I believe that would be one more major than the career total of any other active player in the game today (Phil Mickelson has won four majors). Tiger has the talent and the work ethic to accomplish it, but he would be the first to tell you that he still has to go out and do it.advertisementGDI: Who is the best player in the world right now?JN:  I would have to say that the actual number one position is up for grabs. The top-ranked player in the world right now is Luke Donald. But if you look back at the recent major championship, when Webb Simpson won the US Open, he became the 15th player to win the last 15 majors. That’s the longest streak in almost 80 years (it matches the longest such streak since the Masters began in 1934). Perhaps more interesting, however, is that Webb Simpson’s win made it nine straight first-time major champions. That shows me that there is wonderful parity and depth in golf. Any one of these players can emerge and win their second and third majors. Then, all of a sudden, they will be looked at as being number one. The game being played at the highest level is very healthy, exciting and positioned well for the future.GDI: What is the secret of your success in golf as a player as well as a designer? Do you have any advice for the Indian pro golfers to help improve their game?JN: There is only a small percentage of golfers-be it in India or elsewhere-who will eventually play tournament golf and hopefully enjoy success, so I don’t think that’s as important as focusing on the average or beginning golfer. I think the important part is getting people to try the game, experience all the wonderful aspects of it and simply enjoy it. Golf is a game you play for a lifetime and one you can enjoy with your sons or daughters, your grandchildren and even your great grandchildren eventually. I picked up the game of golf when I was 10-years old, but I also know people who did not take up the game until their 40s, 50s or even 60s. Golf, as much or more than any sport or game, has the ability to teach valuable, character-building life lessons. That’s why various junior programs, such as The First Tee or SNAG, have enjoyed such success. They not only introduce the game to young boys and girls, but golf becomes a vehicle to teach them important life lessons-be it honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, discipline, or how to interact with adults and other children. The first book I ever wrote was called “The Greatest Game of All,” and I think one of the reasons the sport is so wonderful is because golf is a game for a lifetime and you should have the time of your life playing it.As for any advice I might offer an aspiring professional golfer in India, it would be the same advice I offer to any golfer who wants to develop his or her skills. You need to know who you are, understand your game, and play within yourself. It’s what I tell beginning and high-handicap golfers and essentially what I have told golfers such as Rory McIlroy. I have told this story many times before, but I think the best lesson I was ever taught-and it came from my long-time instructor Jack Grout-was to understand why I play golf, what I thought about when I played golf, how to teach others and most important, how to teach myself. Jack was my first instructor and he was a part of my life until he passed away when I was 49. During my entire career, he rarely stepped foot on a practice tee during a major championship. A successful golfer occasionally has to win without their best game and I won many times. I did so because I could control what I was doing. Because of the lessons taught to me by Grout, I not only understood the game, but understood my game. He taught me to understand why I was doing something on the golf course. He made me use my head, not just my golf swing. When I went out to play golf, I didn’t have to run back to him. He would teach me to be independent. That’s how I became a better player.last_img read more

Fashion alert

first_imgThe dependables Shine onBe opulent this fall with blingy crystals and stones that adorn fine surfaces. Jumpsuits Trendy overalls continue to make their presence felt on fall runways. Get Folksy Gypsy inspired clothing, in an uber-luxe avatar is back in vogue this season.How to pack smartThe trick to packing smart,The dependablesShine onBe opulent this fall with blingy crystals and stones that adorn fine surfaces.Jumpsuits Trendy overalls continue to make their presence felt on fall runways.Get Folksy Gypsy inspired clothing, in an uber-luxe avatar is back in vogue this season.How to pack smartThe trick to packing smart is to travel light. While it isn’t possible to take along your entire wardrobe when travelling, or carry a whole range of shadows and lipsticks, a few simple tips can ensure youre always at your stylish best.The key to selecting travel clothes is interchangeability. Ensure that your tops and bottoms pair well in every combination. Stick with simple and classic styles and choose a neutral colour scheme for your wardrobe.Opt for fabrics that behave and are low-maintainence. Leave your linens and cottons home. Travel in synthetic blends that don’t wrinkle. Some of the staples items you need are a LBD, white shirt, a pair of denims, a blazer, a cashmere cardigan and neutral colour pumps and flats. Reversible skirts are great as well since they can be repeated with different tops. A small trinket box is a must. Select a couple of jewellery items that can be paired with all your ensembles. Travel smart and look great on your next vacation.Chic travel gearTod’s TrolleyPrice: Rs 1,42,000Tumi Jewellery Roll Price: Rs 10,000iPad case Price: Rs 5,850Buck’s Carryall Price: Rs 15,600Louis Vuitton Vanity Case Price: On RequestHair jewellery goes hauteWomen’s love for hair jewellery goes way back, and this season haute hair accessories are scorching the ramp. Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Tahari and Fendi, each have their own take on it. Most recently, these accessories were showcased in the exhibit of Chanel Metiers D’Art Paris Bombay Collection.These days, hair baubles are available in countless styles. With such a wide array, choosing the right hair accessory can often be tricky. It can either end up falling flat, or clash completely with your attire and get too much unwanted attention.A dainty headband is a simple yet fashionable choice. To channel the flower child in you, opt for flower hair clips, reminiscent of the groovy 70s. When in doubt about how to use the accessory, always remember that less is more.The key to choosing the perfect hair accessory is to find the one that complements you well and enhances your style quotient instead of cramping it. Also, take into consideration what’s appropriate for the occasion. From gaudy to glizty, it’s time you went haute with your hair.advertisementHot listCuffs Price: On RequestAlexander McQueen at KitschNecklacePrice: Rs 14,800DeNovembreBeltPrice: Rs 28,000BurberryBag Price: On RequestDiorShoePrice: On RequestEtroHair trends this fallSimple, stylish and easy to manage hair-dos are the way to go. Styles that can switch between a ramp look and office chic are definite winners. If you sport a long and frizzy mane, style it into a polished ponytail.If you have short and thin hair, part it down the middle and create a street style thats both fun and classy.The quintessential braid has made a comeback.For a complete lesson in haircare visit Krastase’s Institut d’Huile or the Oil Institute, which was launched recently at Saks in Mumbai.What’s hot and what’s notNot Prints that clashHot Matching prints headto-toeNotFlared short skirtsHot Sleek pencil skirtslast_img read more

T20 World Cup: England set to clash against New Zealand

first_imgHanded contrasting but demoralising defeats in their opening Super Eights matches, England and New Zealand would aim for resurrection when they face off in what is likely to be an even contest at the World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Saturday.England were done in by the all-round brilliance of Chris Gayle as they lost by 15 runs to the West Indies, while New Zealand were stunned in the Super Over even though they came close to a victory in regulation play itself.A distinct flaw in both teams’ approach has been the tendency to leave it too late, something that is suicidal in the Twenty20 format.For New Zealand, their top order showed fine form with openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill and number three Brendon McCullum coming good with the bat. It is the lower order that hasn’t quite clicked, including experienced allrounder Jacob Oram.More is also expected of skipper Ross Taylor even though he has shown glimpses of his explosive self in entertaining cameos.England, on the other hand, have failed to fire from the top.The team has lost early wickets in most games which has invariably hurt the all-important scoring rate.In the absence of the temperamental but immensely talented Kevin Pietersen, England’s title defence has looked shaky and the team is likely to be put through a tough test by the Kiwis, who have a reputation of punching above their weight in big events.”We’ve got to stop losing early wickets because it’s hurting us,” England skipper Stuart Broad has said, underlining the biggest problem plaguing the team.The bowlers too have not had an exceptional outing so far even though Broad himself can draw confidence from the economical spell he bowled against a destructive West Indian line-up.A lot was expected of spinner Graeme Swann but he hasn’t really worked much magic in conditions that are considered tailor-made for tweakers. But he might hit his stride against the spin-wary Kiwis.New Zealand’s bowling problems are quite similar. Their pace spearhead Tim Southee hasn’t been too effective. Experienced Daniel Vettori’s spin has also not produced desired results.Given the very similar nature of their strengths and weaknesses, it would be an intriguing battle.advertisementlast_img read more

Bar Refaeli wants $10,000 donations to make sex tape

first_imgSupermodel Bar Refaeli has reportedly appealed to her fans to donate 10,000 dollars so she can make her very own sex tape. Obviously the whole thing is just a joke for a new video from comedy website FunnyOrDie.com.I know what youre thinking,?? the Mirror quoted the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model as saying in the video.Who would watch that? Im not sure myself. But maybe a small audience might want to watch me have sex. After all, Im really good at it,?? she says.In the video, she said, “Hi, my name is Bar, and Im currently working as a model and actress – you know, just to pay the bills – but I need your help to make my real dream to come true. I want to make a sex tape.??Just to be clear, this would be a tape of me having sex with some dude, in many different sex positions, for at least a few hours,?? she said.In the video, she offers some incentives if the donation is made through Kickstarter (the donations website) – for 50 dollars you get an autographed picture of her having sex, if youre into that kind of thing??, for 200 dollars you can visit the set of the sex tape if you have time?? and for 1,000 dollars, shell put you in the running to be in the film.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal ‘satisfied’ despite post-surgery comeback defeat

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “When you are out since a long time ago — I had the surgery a little over a month ago — it’s normal that I have some pains,” Nadal said after his loss to world number six Anderson.“Being honest, I’m satisfied the way I was playing tennis. I am more or less satisfied with how the body held.“It’s not the moment for me to take a step back, it’s the moment to make a step forward. Today’s match is a step forward for me, that’s the main thing.”Nadal is now scheduled to kick off 2019 in Brisbane next week in preparation for the first Major of the year.“My goal is try to be ready for the Australian Open and I think I’m on the way to make that happen but, of course, I can’t take a lot of risk after the surgery.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spanish’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 first Semi-final match in Abu Dhabi, on December 28, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)World number two Rafael Nadal lost to Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday but said he was “satisfied” with his first match back after ankle surgery.The Spaniard lost a tight three-setter 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and subsequently withdrew from his third-place play-off match so as not to push his body too far too soon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Tough decision View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal was due to face Karen Khachanov on Saturday in Abu Dhabi after the young Russian lost to an impressive Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “Tough match, three-set match, I didn’t play sets before here,” said Nadal who had not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.“At the same time, I get pains after a long time without playing, so probably tomorrow (Saturday) I will not play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I will take a couple of days off. The season just started for me, it was a goal to be here.”Nadal underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an loose intra-articular body in November and only resumed training two weeks ago. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

ONE: Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly stopped by Christian Lee in 1st round of rematch

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion In a flyweight Muay Thai Super Series, Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom topped Joseph Lasiri of Italy by unanimous decision in a bloody encounter.The taller Haggerty set the tone and decked Lasiri with an elbow to the head late in the first round.Lasiri, however, kept his aggressiveness in the last two rounds despite the knockdown and was even able to deal major damage to Haggerty, who left with a bloodied nose after taking a crushing knee.Indonesia took another loss after Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol fell to the gutsy Puja Tomar of India by split decision.In the last undercard bout, Thailand’s Mongkol Petch Petchyindee Academy handily beat New Zealand’s Alexi Serepisos by unanimous decision in their flyweight Muay Thai Super Series.ADVERTISEMENT Lee went to work from the get-go and easily took down Kelly before getting on a full mount for the ground and pound.The 20-year-old Lee also avenged his disqualification loss to Kelly four months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the quick victory, Lee has his sight set on another crack at the belt currently held by Martin Nguyen.“Absolutely. I want that belt,” said Lee, who had already lost to Nguyen twice. MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Christian Lee. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Christian Lee had said he wanted a first-round finish and he stayed true to his word Saturday night.Lee, the former featherweight title contender, made quick work of Filipino Edward Kelly, stopping the Team Lakay veteran at the 2:53 mark of the opening round in ONE: Eternal Glory at Istora Senayan here.ADVERTISEMENT Matthew Wright, Louie Alas hope OT victories strengthen Phoenix LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Patriots the early pick in Las Vegas books

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sean Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)LAS VEGAS — Oddsmakers made the Super Bowl essentially a tossup in opening lines Sunday, though bettors quickly turned the New England Patriots into a slight favorite in what is expected to be the most heavily bet — at least legally — title game ever.Early bets moved the line at many books so the Patriots were either one- or two-point favorites. The over-under was 58 at some books, 58.5 at others.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bookies wasted no time setting the line as the final seconds ticked off in New England’s dramatic win over Kansas City. Bettors then wasted no time testing the opinion of oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as they went to the window to get down the first Super Bowl bets with the Rams initially listed as a one-point favorite.“It’s just been electric,” Westgate oddsmaker Jay Kornegay said. “We certainly expect to set a new record this year.”The point spread will likely fluctuate around the city in upcoming days as big bettors make their moves.Nevada sports books won only 0.7 percent of the last year’s handle for $1.17 million to narrowly avoid losing money on the Super Bowl for the third time in 28 years. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Bettors pounced on early lines at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook and William Hill chain that opened with the game as a tossup or the Rams a 1-point favorite. The early bets moved the line at most books in favor of the Patriots.The Station Casinos chain opened the Patriots as a one-point pick, and it went to two points in early betting. Oddsmakers adjust betting lines to try and balance their action on both sides.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe rare disagreement among bookmakers came after two overtime conference championship games that drew heavy action in this city’s sports books.The first Super Bowl since sports betting became legal outside Nevada is expected to draw record action in Nevada, and should blow past last year’s $158.6 million — itself a record — when the bets are tallied from a handful of states that now have sports betting.last_img read more

Milena Alessandrina ready to come out of shell in new role as Tigresses’ co-captain

first_imgView comments MANILA, Philippines—Milena Alessandrini’s rise didn’t stop when she won Rookie of the Year in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with the outside spiker getting named the co-captain of University of Santo Tomas in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alessandrini was chosen to be the second-in-command to captain Cherry Rondina for the Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in what she believes was a reward for the hard work she put day in and day out.“Maybe it was because of the performance I did because I’m very shy so I need to become extra vocal with my teammates,” said Alessandrini who’s of Filipino-Italian decent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlessandrini missed four games in the first round of Season 80 due to a shoulder injury but was still able to average 10.5 points in the 10 games, one of which was when she was used as a libero in her return against University of the East.Despite being a wallflower in practice, Alessandrini said that she’s willing to take on the leadership role that her coaches entrusted to her. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Thank you to the coaches for this responsibility and it’s an honor for me,” said Alessandrini. “I want to help the team do their best.”Apart from Alessandrini’s shyness, there’s also the issue of the language barrier within the team since the new co-captain isn’t well versed in Filipino but Rondina said it’s not a problem to them.“It’s a given that there’s still a language barrier between us and Milena but it won’t matter because when we play our hearts out there won’t be any problems,” said Rondina in Filipino.“She’s a fighter and she’s always willing to be mingle with us whatever the situation and that’s one of the best things about her,” added Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’last_img read more

Xavi Hernandez: Spain’s ‘tiki-taka’ legend quits national duty

first_imgXavi Hernandez failed to make a mark as Spain witnessed a horrific 2014 World CupXavi Hernandez, Spain’s leading playmaker in its run of three major titles, has retired from international duty after a disappointing World Cup.Flanked by fellow Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, Xavi was the key component of Spain’s tiki-taka passing style during its unprecedented run of winning the World Cup in 2010 and two European championships in 2008 and 2012.”I have taken the decision to leave the selection,” the 34-year-old Xavi said. “I think my time has ended.”He was voted the best player of the 2008 European championship. In that final he made the critical pass to Fernando Torres to score the winning goal in its 1-0 win over Germany.”It has been a marvelous time, a fantastic time for me, and I am proud of being here so many years and for all the victories,” said Xavi. “My time is over. I wish (the rest of the team) the best. From now on I will be another fan of the national team.”Xavi said that he had planned to leave the team after helping it defend the European title in 2012, but Spain coach Vicente del Bosque persuaded him to stay on through the World Cup in Brazil.But Spain flopped at this summer’s World Cup, losing its first two games and subsequently exiting the competition in the group stage. Xavi said being benched for that second match against Chile was key in his decision to retire from international duty.advertisement”We have lost a one-of-a-kind player,” said del Bosque. “He has been the man who was key to our style of play that has brought us so much success. We will miss him both on and off the pitch.”Xavi made 133 appearances for Spain, earning 100 victories.He said he will continue to play for Barcelona, with two years remaining on his current contract.Xavi said that he had come close to leaving Barcelona after former coach Gerardo Martino overlooked him in the final game of last season when Barcelona lost the Spanish league title to Atletico Madrid. The arrival of former player Luis Enrique to replace Martino played a part in Xavi staying.”I finished last seasons a little disappointed,” said Xavi. “I experienced two of my biggest disappointments, both on a personal and collective level, maybe the worst of my career… That’s when I decided, abruptly, to tell the club that it would be best to leave.”(But) I went on holiday and spoke with (sports director Andoni) Zubizarreta and Luis Enrique, and they made me see that I could still be important, useful and competitive.”Barcelona host Elche in the opening game of the new season on August 24.last_img read more